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Do You Use Handkerchiefs?

LabelKing

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I don't mean decorative pocket handkerchiefs for a jacket's breast pocket, but rather a handkerchief for one's assorted hygienic needs.

One problem I've encountered is that when you spray your handkerchief with scent, more often than not, there's a slight stain.
 

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Personally, my view on this is that since the modern innovation of the mass production and ubiquity of disposable facial tissues (and soft ones at that), I no longer see the need to soil good linen save in an emergency. And yet I much enjoy cloth napkins at restaurants over paper (though this is because I don't have to launder them, I suppose).

The handkerchief just never seemed all that sanitary to me anyway.
 

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I have kept a handkerchief in my back pocket since I was in grade school.
I have been given plenty of crap by people that they are dirty, unsanitary. they are put in the laundry hamper at the end of the day.
I had terrible allergies when I was younger. Sneezing, need to blow my nose etc.
now i use them more to wipe my brow.

shamless plug. i have beenmaking some handkercheifs from some italina self plaid batiste.
they can even be monogrammed.

Carl
 

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One problem I've encountered is that when you spray your handkerchief with scent, more often than not, there's a slight stain.
Chloroform will do that.
 

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Until I stumbled onto this board I always thought pocket squares were handkerchiefs. When I was a child I always had one in one of my pockets somewhere, some were the size of pocket squares, some were much larger.

As far as hygiene, I received a clean one every day but it still felt a little weird putting a used hanky back in my pocket. My father on the other hand must have kept his for weeks or months between washes. I tried never to let him near me with one, and I'm fairly certain the mental scaring from its contact will never go away.
 

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Originally Posted by Shirtmaven
I have kept a handkerchief in my back pocket since I was in grade school.

Same here, except it went in my hip pocket. Our teachers would check that we were in uniform and had our handkerchiefs in our pockets every day.

To this day before leaving the house I make sure I have a handkerchief in my pocket.
 

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They are vile things.
What's wrong with a small pack of disposable tissues stored somewhere they can't be seen? At least they can quickly be disposed of once soiled.
 

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I keep a white hanky, linen or cotton in my inside breast pocket during the summer. I hate showing up to a meeting with sweat on my face, a particularly reliable occurence in summer in NYC and especially after exiting the hot subway platform. The rest of the year, no.
 

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As I have many in supply, I carry one in the summer months to swipe the sweat from my brow. On occasion it is also used to wipe tears from the face of a fair maiden.
 

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I also use them during the summer months.
 

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Originally Posted by LabelKing
I don't mean decorative pocket handkerchiefs for a jacket's breast pocket, but rather a handkerchief for one's assorted hygienic needs.

Yes, I always have a plain white cotton hanky folded in my trouser pocket, just in case. On average, I end up using them every other day or so they have definite utility.

They look nicer than tissues, feel nicer than tissues and just get thrown in the wash with other items so aren't troublesome to care for and are more environmentally friendly than paper, to boot (not usually a particular concern for me, but if I can have a better experience AND be green, then why not).

I don't believe there's any sort of significant hygiene issue with their use for the average person with a normal immune system, so I completely discount that as a reason for me not to use them.

I don't spritz them with scent though, so can't advise on that LK! I make do with the fragrant fume of Persil Non-Bio...
 

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I have one in my pocket or briefcase daily.
 

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Terribly declasse of me, I know, but my "one for blowin'," etc., is invariably a large cotton bandana. Useful for a variety of purposes. Naturally, I don't let it be seen in public--that's what the "one for showin'" is for!
 

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The trick to getting a nicely laundered handkerchief is, after it has been washed, press the square onto your tiled bathroom wall or a pane of glass.
 

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